Nov 4, 2012 3:00pm EST
to both the first lady and the president of the united states, and obama himself has said, i run all my decisions through valerie, and i trust her implicitly. there's no one short of the president and the first lady, who has more power in the white house than valerie jarrett. >> host: you also write that trying to figure out jarrett's mysterious hold on the president and the first lady is a favorite guessing game in the parlors and dining rooms of washington. >> guest: it's strange. what is her source of power? after all, she doesn't have any foreign policy experience but she attends national security council meetings. she doesn't have any economic background but she is often in the most important domestic meetings regarding the economy. no one gets to see the president without first going through valerie jarrett. so what is this power she has? the only explanation i could come up with after all these interviews i did, was that she has given the first lady and the president the impression she has their back, she's protecting them from a hostile world, if you will, a world in whic
Nov 4, 2012 3:45pm EST
first word of the book and change requires 60 votes in the united states senate. obama took office during an economic cataclysm and he decided that in an emergency changing the country was more important than changing the capitol. the central drama of the book is literally the middle central section. silda pushed the change into law in the first month. it wasn't clean and pretty. rahm emanuel is in the middle of it and it wasn't suitable for younger years either. but the whole stimulus debate is a case study in obama to the disillusionment of the left but proved that obama was just like every other politician. more interested in cutting deals and trading james desperate to compromise with republicans who were only interested in surrender. to the fever swamps on the right it revealed obama is a euro socialist radical who is a full - chicago style partisan and a wimp who is deferring to his leftist congressional overlords of the same time. he was pretty much what he said he was. a data oriented left of center technocrat that was above all a pragmatist comfortable with compromise, and
Oct 28, 2012 7:45pm EDT
points ahead of the state. >> obama is way ahead. >> i think he likes to claim new hampshire as a mother and he's probably going to lose the hampshire so he is going to make history by being the first to lose all three home states. [laughter] >> there was one person it's failing me who it is the president lost his home state and birth stayed and still one that was in the 1800's said it is unusual. i think we are ready if people would like to ask questions instead of meter freezing them and changing them into something else. we are ready to take some questions out loud if anybody wants to go to the microphone to read we have them in both files or just this one? if anybody wants to go to that microphone and asked a question you can ask of general walsh and i promise not to cut you off too quickly as long as there is a question at the end of whatever you say. if anyone wants to ask a question -- >> you are closer and you can get there faster. >> stood up to the microphone and if not lost more myself to this gimmick the other day mitt romney made a statement which i felt kind of confu
Nov 4, 2012 4:45pm EST
george bush and more recently with the obama administration, federal officials have issued from the morning's about medicare's financial state. and they use the term disruptive consequences to society if we don't fix this long-term trajectory. so you're right about that. that me also say something about globalization. the privilege of speaking of the british medical journal health care improvement conference in april on the evidence of overuse translating its improvement. asked his audience of people there from around the world, countries represented. and not sure there were all there at that particular session. i ask them, have you or someone you know ever had medical care that the was unnecessary. all these hands went up. as the nominee reside outside the united states command of his hands were not. i was surprised when people came up after words to say, finland, germany, uk, australia, new zealand. we are seeing in the emerging markets in brazil and india, evidence of overuse. this is a global phenomenon that we will have to tackle. provinces in canada 41 and 42 percent in some p
Nov 4, 2012 1:00am EDT
the throes of an incredible contest with president obama, who deported more than president bush, 1.1 million people, a crack down on the border, the tragedy of the separations of power, how is the republican party doesn't see that 15 of the swing states are really hinging on latino votes, that in the states, there's a three to four difference in terms of who is going to win, and the latino vote increases 6% to 8%. what did the party do? they adopted the exact same extremist immigration platform of arizona, the attrition through enforcement, that, in fact, the state secretary of -- secretary of state of kansas is former adviser to romney, the man who co-authored the bill. that's an incredible question. it is, like, how did this extremist fringe of the republican party take over the party and become the mainstream, and why is it the other republicans stepped back and the other democrats didn't know how to take them on until somebody like randy came? i think it's a really fundamental question the republicans have to grapple with now with mitt romney and that party. great question. yep?
Nov 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
. obama won his first office as state senator by disenfranchising 1000 black voters in his district which is where i live by the way. removed their names. so it is a game played by both parties. unfortunately the victims are always the same color and the same income group, the vulnerable, class war. right now there's no question that the democrats are doing it and the republicans are doing it but republicans do it wholesale. the republicans have the big datamining operations that cost 40, $50 billion each to develop while demott kratzer playing with their floppy disks so it is the balance has shifted for 2012. not shifted so much to the republicans because that is just -- for shifted to the billionaires, the hands and the public, mr. sanger of the the vulture and his buddy, is other billionaire buddy and let me just bring up a couple more. i mentioned seamus, the koch brothers. oh yeah we are going after couple more and by the way there are four brothers. you will get the whole pack in "billionaires & ballot bandits," not just david and charles but you get billy, the "playboy" and senior,
Oct 28, 2012 12:00pm EDT
a year after obama took office, three things happened. the first was from the united states supreme court. and i think no person in the united states that i can think of has benefited more from the supreme court than karl rove. two decisions. when, in 2000 obviously with the bush versus gore which put is candid in the white house. number two, in 2010, citizens united decision, and that opens the floodgates fur contribution, unlimited contributions, in many cases from secret sources with no transparency whatsoever that is just unprecedented in history . the second thing that happened was michael seal running the republican party, and he is sort of running into a ditch. he could not raise a dime, and came seven early in 2010, you may recall there was a revelation in los angeles to the republican national committee had been entertaining its donors had a lesbian bondages the minister because of -- club. and for the party of family values this did not work too well, so they could not raise a dime. this gave wrote his opening. so it april he had a luncheon at his house in washington d.c.
Nov 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
14th side. he said, "i am the state," and mr. obama came close to saying in a press conference to saying "i am the change." the title was a suggestion of my editor and publisher. i had entertained another possibility, which was suggested to me by my friend, bill, namely, barack obama, what the hell were we thinking? [laughter] as opposed to some of my conservative colleagues and friends, i don't think we get far by labeling president obama a socialist or by trying to trace his foreign origins or his secret muslim devotions, nor that even that we greatly illuminate things by focusing on him as a kind of third world ideolog as my old friend argues in his movie and in two books about obama. i think it's fairer to begin, fairer, and more useful in the end -- excuse me. to begin by admitting that obama is what he calls himself, namely a progressive or a liberal. the rest of the title is on barack obama and the crisis of liberalism. i don't mean by this the kind of crisis that liberals like, which is the kind of national emergency that invites the expansion of government, but rather cri
Oct 27, 2012 11:00am EDT
deterioration in the economy which by the way we have not recovered from to this day. >> barack obama. how big a story was it in your mind that an african american became president of the united states? >> well, let me say personally, first, it did not really sink in with me until i was in the control room and one of the early primaries and he won. i remember standing there thinking, he could be president of the united states, and the significance of an african-american in my lifetime being president just struck me personally. and not sure that the reaction, but it was mine. clearly it changed so much in this country and the way we perceive one another and perceive race, and it has been an absolute milestone. no, let's -- that said, and i don't want to take anything away from president obama. he is a remarkable man with a remarkable intellect. anyone would have beaten the republican in 2008 given the economy. i mean, we had eight years of republican. hard to have 12 years of the same party in office no matter what unless you want four more years of the same. given what was going on wi
Oct 28, 2012 12:00am EDT
have not recovered from to this day. >> host: barack obama, how big of a story that an african-american became president of the united states? >> personally, it did not seen an until i was in the control room when he won i remember standing there thinking he could be president of united states and the significance of the african-american in my lifetime struck me personally. clearly it changed so much in the way we perceive one another, race, as an absolute milestone. now that said, anyone would have be 10 there republican in 2008 given the economy. it is hard to have 12 years of the same party unless you of four more years of the same. with the economy at that point* there was almost notes chance personally. with hillary clinton was nominated she would have been elected. is a momentous occasion. >> host: any insights right now? [laughter] all this time in the newsroom where is it headed? >> i don't know any more than you do. [laughter] >> i think it is 50/50 country and it is a mistake to predict one way or the other. almost apart from the candidates there is the even division.